Children pile into Memorial Park Pool for Friday. BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE
MEDINA — Hundreds took advantage of the generosity of the Medina Bicentennial Committee, which donated $2,000 for residents to cool off Friday at Memorial Park Pool.
Colleen Bengough brought her 8-month-old son, Robin, to the pool. She said he loves the water.
“We live right down the street,” she said. “It was wonderful to enjoy (the free swimming). This pool is the best thing here.”
Debra Hallock, founder and president of the Friends of Medina Memorial Park & Pool, had estimated 1,000 to 3,000 people could attend the free swimming depending on the weather, and temperatures cooled off on Friday.
Hallock said the inspiration for the free event hosted by the Friends was to give back to the community, introduce the pool to residents who aren’t able to swim there on a regular basis and to celebrate the city’s bicentennial.
She is the daughter of Macy Hallock, who helped build the pool in 1955.
There were worries about large crowds and sexual predators, two of which were recently denied entrance to the pool.
City officials didn’t relax the rules of showing a photo ID and signing a liability waiver before getting into the pool.
But there were few problems Friday, officials said.
Medina Community Recreation Center Director Mike Wright coordinated to workers to check IDs of and get waivers from swimmers. He even worked the line himself, along with Ward 2 Councilman Dennis Simpson.
The Friends of Medina hosted several other events Friday, including several musical performances, free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, a reunion of former park workers, and John Buchanan’s aerial photograph collection.
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